Becoming Acquainted with Medical Marijuana
More and more these days we hear about people with different conditions healing or finding relief through medical marijuana. The industry is starting to take off as many cities/states are legalizing the drug for recreational and medical uses. For so many years this “substance” has been labeled as an addictive gateway drug for outlaws.We have memories of the “druggies” at school and the horrid smell that makes you wonder if someone nearby had a terrible run-in with a skunk. These stereotypes are very popular because there is still unknown in the industry. Since the substance is illegal in most of the country, it has become hard for doctors and other professionals to study and research. Luckily many other countries are ahead of the game and have provided many studies and resources while the United States catches up.
If you’re new here, we suggest reading our first blog post about marijuana titled “Crohn’s, Colitis…and Marijuana!?”. That post scratches the surface of this awfully confusing industry on the rise for someone initially considering using marijuana to treat their chronic pain and if it could be the right option for you. Here we are going to dig a little deeper and discuss questions such as whether you should use Sativa or Indica, the difference between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), and many other common questions!
Sativa or Indica?
Usually, sativa is what is sold on the street because it typically grows very fast, can have a very quick turn-over rate and gives you that typical high associated with marijuana. Sativa will most likely give you the most common and intense side effect you can get from marijuana. Get ready for it…The munchies. Sativa will most likely to be uplifting and cerebral but be ready to eat almost everything you have in your fridge – the last thing we want while trying to healing our symptoms. Indica usually is more relaxing and give you a full body effect. Indicia is typically consumed at night so either be ready for an extremely long nap or consume it at night before bed. If you’re having a hard time sleeping, dealing with chronic pain or a large amount of anxiety then this might be a fit for you.
What is the Difference Between THC and CBD?
CBD will have many healing aspects people with Crohn’s and Colitis are looking for and relax the body. Each strain will have traces of both whether the ratio is 99:1 or 50:50. This part could take some tweaking to really find what you’re looking for. There are many variables that go into getting a good mix and also many questions to be asked. Do you need a high CBD from an indica plant or a blend? What kind of blend? This is all personal preference and could take some trial and error to find what really works for your body and your needs.
Currently, on the market, there is a product called Charlotte’s Web which was created by the Stanley brothers. Their product is so high in CBD that if you were drug tested no traces of marijuana would show up in your system. It can be sold anywhere as an anti-inflammatory and could be a product that you should look into!
As previously mentioned in our other blog post “Crohns, Colitis…and Marijuana!?” there are many different ways to consume cannabis. It’s actually said that smoking the cannabis kills a lot of healing aspects of the marijuana and inhaling any type of substance is never ideal for your lung health. So a lot of patients utilizing this treatment either use edibles with their specific blend or make the cannabis into an oil. In some states the oil is sold at dispensaries however if you require a specific blend some people make their own at home using Rick Simpson’s Recipe that many people have had a lot of luck with. Doing
your own research and seeing what works best for you will insure you get the exact results you’re looking for. Just like any medication a tolerance will be created and after a variable amount of time you’ll lose the “high” effect and
just receive the healing benefits of the oil. Research shows that some people with Crohn’s and Colitis have seen positive results from the cannabis within three days while others took up to six weeks. Different dosages are all determined by your pain levels, and could also take some trial and error to determine when and how much you should be taking a day.
What are the side effects of using medical marijuana?
When this question was asked to Dr. Willmen, his response was “Around 150,000 people died because of medication overdoses this past year. These are people that went to a doctor something was prescribed to them they took it and the died this does not mean they were abusing the drug. Nobody has overdosed since legalization (of marijuana) it has no side effects at all with the exception of being high, getting the munchies, or being tired.” If you ask me that’s pretty good considering pharmaceuticals have so many scary side effects that sometimes even include death.
This treatment can fit right into your S.H.I.E.L.D Program and what may be effective for some people may not work for others. Trial and error are a big part of this process keep an open mind and have fun with it.
- CC Lifestyle Team
Sources: Interview with Dr. Scott Willmen